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Mrs. David Forman and Child


Published ca. 1785
Topics art, American Art


The wife of a wealthy Continental army officer and the mother of eleven children, Mrs. David Forman was portrayed by Charles Willson Peale in an interior that was meant to suggest the elegance and bounty of her domestic life. Peale was one of the rare American colonial artists to include paintings in his portrait interiors. The presence of the landscape hanging behind Ann Forman signaled the cultured life of the Forman household, and the gently idealized curves of its composition offered a parallel to the


Identifier brooklynmuseum-o251-mrs-david-forman-and-child
Caption Charles Willson Peale (American, 1741-1827). Mrs. David Forman and Child, ca. 1785. Oil on canvas, 51 x 39 3/8 in. (129.5 x 100 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Carll H. de Silver and Museum Collection Funds, 23.51
Creator Charles Willson Peale
Credit Carll H. de Silver and Museum Collection Funds
Date ca. 1785
Dimensions 51 x 39 3/8 in. (129.5 x 100 cm)
Mediatype image
Medium Oil on canvas
Rights No known copyright restrictions
Signature Unsigned
Publicdate 2010-04-12 14:26:13
Addeddate 2010-04-12 14:26:13


Reviews

Reviewer: billgen - - December 8, 2011
Subject: Beautiful Mrs. Forman
The artist, Charles W. Peale, has portrayed a lovely woman with grace and dignity befitting her status. He is an accomplished portrait artist.
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